In England, Verne writes in his diary . . . .
On pass this morning and up to London. Stepped out with two soldiers and a sailor. Went to Covent Gardens and the Paramount dance hall.1 Got pretty liquored up and had a very nice time. Spent the night at Knightsbridge Red Cross. Wasn’t very anxious to run around since I am pretty darn tired from the last five missions.
The Covent Garden Opera House, which had been converted to a night club, and the Paramount Dance Hall were popular night spots. Photographs (including infrared photographs) taken by David E. Scherman for LIFE magazine show a vibrant London nightlife in spite of the blackout.1
Notes & Commentary
1 “The Passion of Former Days: Connecting to the people of the past through pictures” (http://www.formerdays.com/2011/07/nightlife-in-london-blackout.html : accessed 23 January 2014) and (http://www.formerdays.com/2011/05/blackout-london-1944.html : accessed 23 January 2014).